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Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East
Richard Porter, S. Christensen, & P. Schiermacker-Hansen

Paperback | 1997 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691121048
Hardcover | 1997 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780856610769


Birds of the Middle East is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this region. It covers all species, including vagrants, found in the Arabian peninsula (including Socotra), Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Cyprus. Over 700 species are described in concise texts giving full details of the plumage and voice of all recognizable forms. Distributed maps appear opposite the plates and are annotated with details of each species status and preferred habitat. Four artists have prepared a magnificent set of specially commissioned plates that show all the forms described in full color. The authors have extensive ornithological experience in the Middle East spanning over thirty years of research into the identification, biology, and conservation of the many wonderful species to be found there. This authoritative book will be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder. It will also be a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna of the region, which is especially important for both the indigenous species and those which pass through it on their migrations between the Palaearctic and Africa.

Key Features:

  • The first comprehensive field guide devoted solely to the Middle East
  • Every species is illustrated in color in all distinctive plumages
  • Authors are experts, each with 30 years field experience in the region
  • Serves as an entirely authoritative reference


"There has always been a problem deciding which books to take birding in the Middle East. With the arrival of this new field guide to the region it is now possible to contemplate using only one book in the field. . . . This is an indispensable and thoroughly recommended aid for birdwatchers in the Middle East and beyond."--Andrew Grieve, Birdwatch

"[The] illustrations are all of a consistently high standard. . . . Highly recommended."--David Tomlinson, New Scientist

"Four artists have contributed and . . . the overall standard is very high. . . . Highly recommended for anyone interested in the birds of the region, and for most of the Middle East it is certainly the best available field guide."--Andy Musgrove, BTO News

"At long last, the book all travelers to the Middle East have been waiting for--an up-to-date, comprehensive and, most important of all, single volume field guide. . . . There is little doubt that this book is a real tour de force and should remain the standard work for the region for a long time to come. Strongly recommended for all visitors to the Middle East."--Gordon Hamlett, Bird Watching

"Here we have a clear, state of the art guide that has me wondering how it could be bettered. . . . The 112 coloured plates are truly a veritable delight of excellence."--Bob Scott, British Birds

"Visitors to the Near East . . . will want to own this new guide, and residents of the region should not be without it."--Guy Kirwan, Birding World

"This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use, and . . . to learn. Advanced birdwatchers will learn something that they have not yet, and what will ultimately help with correct identification. The bottom line is: this is the best field guide published so far on birds of the Middle East."--Zpravy Mos, Wilson Bulletin

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